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Waste management

Grasscycling and leafcycling

About grasscycling

Grasscycling is a simple, practical technique that consists in leaving grass clippings on the ground after mowing.

The advantages of grasscycling

  • The best fertilizer for any plant is its own foliage! Grass is composed mainly of nitrogen and water. By leaving the clippings on the ground, you’re letting the nutrients and elements essential for its growth return to the soil.
  • Grasscycling makes your lawn more resistant to weather conditions like drought and pests like grubs.
  • Grass clippings left on the ground act as a natural fertilizer, letting you forgo fertilizers and pesticides that are harmful to our health and the environment.
  • In addition to saving money, grasscycling saves you time by minimizing lawn maintenance. This means that you have more time to really enjoy your summer!

Please note that it is forbidden to throw grass in the garbage bin in the following municipalities: Abercorn, Bedford, Bedford Township, Bolton-Ouest, Brigham, Brome, Bromont, Dunham, East Farnham, Farnham, Frelighsburg, St-Armand, Ste-Sabine, Stanbridge East and Sutton.

About leafcycling

Leafcycling involves mowing fallen leaves rather than raking them up.

The advantages of leafcycling

  • As leaves fall, they provide your soil, lawn and plants with the necessary minerals to make it through the winter.
  • Leafcycling means you’ll no longer need to rake up all the leaves that fall on your property in the autumn—think of all the time and energy you could save!
  • Leaving shredded leaves on the ground reduces the need for watering, as they help create a protective layer of organic matter that keeps water in the soil.
  • Leafcycling saves you money. You’ll buy fewer paper bags for leaf and garden waste collections and save on mulch if you spread shredded leaves in your flower beds.

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